Johanna Konta: The situation is not good for my knee but I'm not getting stressed"

Tennis - British no. 1 is spending time in her flat in London, trying to work as hard as possible

by Jovica Ilic
Johanna Konta: The situation is not good for my knee but I'm not getting stressed"

World no. 14 Johanna Konta has not been able to produce his best tennis after reaching the semi-final at Roland Garros and the quarter-final at Wimbledon and the US Open last year, struggling with a knee injury and staying without the WTA win between September and March!

The Briton had to skip the last part of 2019 after the US Open, kicking off the new season with three straight defeats before advancing into the semi-final in Monterrey, her final tournament before the coronavirus outbreak that has halted the action at least until June.

The Olympic Games had to be postponed for 2021 and Konta still hopes we will get a chance to see the matches from Wimbledon, fully aware it is getting tougher and tougher to manage the organization of this year's All England Club event.

Johanna is trying to work as much as possible in her flat in London, admitting things are not ideal due to her troubled knee but getting the most from the current situation that should continue in the upcoming weeks as well, with more than 8000 cases and 400 deaths in Great Britain so far.

"Only a few weeks ago, who knew we would be in this situation, with things constantly changing and rather rapidly? I got back from the US about ten days ago; I have some equipment at home and I can train, although it is not ideal by any means.

I am trying to make the best of the situation; this is not ideal for the knee. I don't have access to the equipment that I specifically need: team, physio, fitness trainer, the best method to get the kind of stimulus that we want both for the body and knee.

Still, I'm not getting too stressed over it; I can't bring what I need into the flat, like a leg-press machine. That specific knee exercise, I can't do right now. In this country, athletes still have access to our own training grounds, as long as the necessary precautions are observed.

But the goalposts are moving. I think, more than anything, it's important to be hopeful; nothing wrong with being hopeful. For me, it's about not looking too far ahead; we don't know how it is going to develop. Now we know we are not playing until the beginning of June, that's the date we are working towards. When that changes, if it changes, we react to whatever comes next."

Johanna Konta